In the majority of companies around the world, management is playing a very important role in controlling and keeping everything on its track. A manager is assigned with the power and responsibility to manage a project which can be the key to develop his company. So, a manager is sometimes considered as a leader who takes care of managing and leading his team to accomplish the goals. So, there may be no differences between management and leadership, which makes students misunderstand and have some confuse when deciding which kind of major they should pursue. Leadership is a new program which has been added in universities in the last few decades. Thus, there exist some ambiguities in leadership major. By studying this program, students can be successful with their master degree in leadership dynamics.
Throughout the history of the leadership development, there are many ways to define what leadership is, but there is no common definition of leadership yet. In Bass’s study, he suggested that some scholars considered leadership as the focus of group processes (Northhouse, 2013). It means that a leader is the most important individual of a group, team who represents for the team’s spirit. Another way of leadership definition assumes from trait perspective, which states that leadership is a set of prominent characteristics that some special people own. These characteristics allow those people to command others in their group to get jobs done.
Despite a wide variety of ways in which leadership has been defined, the following components can be identified to get involved in all activities of groups or teams: leadership is a process; leadership involves influence; leadership occurs in groups; leadership involves common goals. Derived on these components, Northouse (2013) assumes that “leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a
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